We are a group of 8 first time travelers to Greece early this summer. We are grandparents (fit 70s), parents, and kids 5, 7, 10 &12. We live in Colorado, enjoy the outdoors, and are excited about the ancient history (son is a mythology buff), local culture and food, and natural beauty of Greece.
Arrive Athens 4:50 pm May 29, depart early June 10.
Our proposed itinerary:
May 29- Stay Athens vicinity
May 30- Rent car, drive and stay Delphi
May 31-June 2 Drive Delphi to Nafplion and stay Nafplion, day trips to Nemea (thanks Janet), Mycenae and the like
June 3- Drive Nafplion to return rental car Athens, fly to Naxos
June 3-6 Stay Naxos, poss day trip to Delos or Santorini
June 7-9 Fly and stay Athens
June 10 Depart
An alternative itinerary would be to keep the car the entire trip before Athens and drive Delphi, take the ferry from Patras to Cephalonia, stay Cephalonia 4 nights, then hit Olympia and Nafplion on the way back to Athens for our remaining nights. Cephalonia looks possibly prettier than Naxos, but Naxos seems to be more of an authentic Greek experience? The logistics of the ferry and rental car seem a bit challenging (can't seem to find Patras on the ferry sites).
Leaning to towards a hotel the first and second nights but then renting an apartment for our subsequent 3 and 4 night blocks.
Advice we would welcome:
Where to stay and what to do on the tired first night?
Where to stay at Delphi?
Must dos in and around Nafplion?
Is Naxos the right choice for island for culture, beaches, beauty, food, etc...
Do we rent a car on Naxos?
Favorite Athens neighborhoods and restaurants?
Do these plans seem reasonable/feasible? Any other thoughts or advice is definitely welcome!